WATERTOWN, NY — Beverly “B.C.” Stevens, 85, passed away Dec. 3, 2018, at the Samaritan Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
Born May 12, 1933, in Hartwick, NY, the son of the late George H. and Pearl R. (Rappelyea) Stevens, he was a 1952 graduate of Hartwick High School and a 1960 graduate of SUNY College at Delhi. He served seven years as the college alumni president.
He entered the US Army on Nov. 5, 1953, and served during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged on Nov. 4, 1955, and continued to serve with active army reserves.
On March 24, 1954, he married Shirley R. Barker of Oneonta, NY.
He was employed for over 25 years with the Department of Agriculture in New York State, Rhode Island and Vermont. For 17 years he was the Jefferson County office director. He retired in 1985, thereafter he was employed with the Jefferson County Emergency Management office, retiring in 1995.
He was a member of the Watertown American Legion. Mr. Stevens was listed in the 1965 yearbook of outstanding young Americans. He had many hobbies including writing novels. He authored and published seven books including “Tales from Hinman Hollow” and “Promise Keeper”. For several years he was a coach for Watertown Little League and Pop-Warner football teams. He was an avid gardner, hunter, woodsman and conservationist.
Surviving are his wife of 64 years Shirley R., two sons and daughter-in-laws, Marc Alan Sr. and Linda Sue, Randy J. and Heidi Stevens, of Lorraine; two daughters, Linda Kay Yager of Oneonta and Connie J. Schaub and her companion Lee Perez of Watertown; 14 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren, 12 great- great-grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by a great- great-granddaughter, Journea, three brothers, Burton, Eugene, Robert and three sisters, Frances, Beatrice and Geraldine.
There will be no calling hours. A memorial service with military honors will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, with Rev. Leon “Toby” Schilling officiating at the Hart & Bruce Funeral Home 117 N. Massey St., Watertown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Watertown Salvation Army.
The family would like to thank the staff at the Samaritan Medical Center on the 4th floor, PCU and ICU for their compassion and care given to their father.